The Alaska Aces is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association since 1986 under the ownership of theAlaska Milk Corporation and the owner of 13 PBA championships with the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference as their latest. They are one of the most popular teams in the league and the Philippines.
They are known for winning nine PBA championships in the 1990s, including a rare grand slam (winning three championships in one season) during the 1996 season, joining the Crispa Redmanizers (1976, 1983) and the San Miguel Beermen (1989) as one of only three franchises to achieve the feat.
2012-2013 A new era begins
Having the second worst record during last season, Alaska was awarded with the second overall pick in the draft lottery. On August 19, 2012 at the PBA Rookie Draft, the Aces selected NCAA Season 87 MVP Calvin Abueva of the San Sebastian Golden Stags as the second overall pick. As most of the analysts said that Abueva, who was mo-nickered as "the Beast" due to his impressive basketball skills, is the most talented player in the draft. Abueva leads the NCAA in points, rebounds and assists directory. While in the second round, the Aces snatched former UE Warrior point guard Raphy Reyes and swingman Karl Dehesa.
Alaska also retained head coach Luigi Trillo and hired Alex Compton, Louie Alas and reinstated Topex Robinson as assistant coaches. Leo Austria is supposedly to join the Aces' coaching staff as well but focused first with his head coaching job at Adamson University, making him available for next year. Dickie Bachmann was promoted to assistant manager while Jojo Lastimosa was tasked to man the sports camp director post.
Two weeks after the draft, Alaska made another blockbuster deal that sent 2011 top overall pick JV Casio and a Ginebra 2015 pick to the Aces, LA Tenorio to Ginebra, and Willie Miller plus a Ginebra 2014 first round pick to Global Port, formerly Powerade.
Ginebra first acquired Miller from Barako Bull in exchange for bruiser Enrico Villanueva and then arranged a deal to send Miller and its 2014 first round pick to Global Port for the rights to Casio.
In a separate deal, the Aces also nabbed sharp shooter Dondon Hontiveros from Petron in exchange for wing man Wesley Gonzales and seldom-used Hans Thiele. Alaska also signed second round draft pick Raphy Reyes to boost their back court and brought back veterans Nic Belasco and Eddie Laure, who helped the Aces win the championship last 2007.
Alaska is expected to sign Calvin Abueva, who is still playing in the NCAA, which has a rule prohibiting players to sign a contract in a professional team while still playing for their respective schools on October when the NCAA basketball season ends.
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PBA 2013 ALL FILIPINO CUP
Date Opponent Score
10/05/12 San Mig Coffee 83 - 103 (L)
10/10/12 Meralco 86 - 93 (L)
10/14/12 Barako Bull 102 - 86 (W)
10/19/12 Petron 88 - 86 (W)
10/26/12 Air21 92 - 81 (W)
10/28/12 Ginebra 87 - 69 (W)
11/02/12 Talk 'N Text 94 - 92 (W)
11/07/12 Rain or Shine 93 - 101 (L)
11/10/12 San Mig Coffee 68 - 77 (L)
11/14/12 Air21 103 - 104 (L)
11/18/12 Ginebra 93 - 96 (L)
11/28/12 Meralco 88 - 85 (W)
12/01/12 Globalport 101 - 95 (W)
12/05/12 Petron 79 - 71 (W)